01:17AM, Tuesday 20 November 2012
The charity Crimestoppers has announced a new chairman for the Thames Valley region.
Entrepreneur and businessman Philip Gomm, of Aylesbury Vale, is the new volunteer chairman replacing outgoing chairman John Gamon CBE who served a five year term.
Speaking of his appointment Mr Gomm said: “My first priority as chair is to recruit even more dedicated volunteer committee members; people who care about their community and believe that everyone has a right to live without fear of crime.
"All too often information or suspicions about criminal activity goes unreported because people are too scared of reprisals. Crimestoppers removes that fear by providing a way to speak up, secure in the knowledge that something will be done whilst the caller’s own safety is maintained.”
Stepping down after a five year term, out-going chairman John Gamon CBE welcomed Mr Gomm to his new role and commented: “With Phil making the transition from deputy to chairman the continued success of Crimestoppers in Thames Valley is secured.
"He has strong community and partnership links and has been instrumental in our local school and rural crime work.”
Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in almost 118,000 arrests and charges. Over £124 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £271 million worth of drugs has been seized.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for Crimestoppers should visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org/volunteer.